Diocese: Diocese of the Midwest
Deanery: Michigan Deanery
400 W Hamlin Rd
Rochester Hills, Michigan 48307-3834
Rochester Hills, MI 48309
Pooler, GA 31322
Clarkston, MI 48348
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
Commerce Township, MI 48382
St Mark’s Church is located in Rochester Hills, MI, approximately 25 miles due north of downtown Detroit.
Exit Rochester Rd. Travel north on Rochester Rd for six miles to Hamlin Rd. Turn left (west) on Hamlin. Church is one-third mile on the right.
From Michigan SR 59 Rochester Rd exit
Travel north on Rochester Rd one and a half miles to Hamlin rd. Turn left (west) on Hamlin. Church is one-third mile on the right.
From Michigan SR 59 Crooks Road exit
Travel north on Crooks Road for approximately one half mile to Hamlin Rd. Turn right (east) on Hamlin for one and two-thirds miles. Church is on the left.
Schedule of Services
4:00 PM Vespers.
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy (9:00 AM in the summer).
St Mark Orthodox Church was founded in 1980. Services were first held at the Avondale Nursing Home Chapel, and later a high school gymnasium was rented out as the congregation outgrew the chapel. In 1986, a multi-purpose building was constructed. Services as well as other activities have been held in this building to the present year. A new temple has been built in 2000 and is currently in use.
Fr. John Dresko was the first assigned priest of St. Mark’s parish, serving from 1980 until 1983. Fr Kyril Riggs followed him from 1983 to February of 1987. Fr Andrew Yavornitzky, the current pastor, has been the priest at St Mark’s Church since 1987.
St Mark’s has several aspects of witness that are carried out. Voting membership is determined through a pledging program. In addition, each year the community gathers at Avondale Nursing Home (the first home of the parish) at Christmas to sing carols. The parish also collects and distributes food, clothing and gifts for children through the Rochester neighborhood house and other venues.
St Mark’s also stresses stewardship. All members are asked to assist with the weekly coffee hour and clean-up. The parish’s Care Ministry offers visitation and assistance to the sick, shut-in, and those with special needs.
Education is another important aspect of the life of St Mark’s Church. Church School classes are held outside of the summer. Adult Education is also held at that time on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM, and an adult Bible study is conducted weekly. A parish library contains books and audio tapes which may be checked out. Special study sessions are also held for catechumens, marriage preparation, etc. The parish sponsors outside speakers who cover both relevant and topical subjects twice a year. And a summer vacation Church school program was recently added.
St Mark’s is active in the area of missions. An Alms box is provided to those who wish to contribute towards charitable efforts on a continuing basis, with distribution made at the discretion of the pastor. Special collections are taken as need arises for disaster relief, ad hoc charitable and mission efforts.
As we head towards the future, St Mark’s community will continue in its efforts to grow in the love and understanding of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through Worship, Witness, Community/Family involvement, Education, Mission, and Stewardship.